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Jim Harvey
Jim Harvey
JHV Digital
New York City, New York USA
New York City, New York USA

New York Based JHV Digital is primarily engaged in Motor sports and Corporate Video.

I came from a background in High Performance vehicles where we used video to document the performance of racing vehicles (mostly my own). I was one of the first to mount a video camera to the roll bar of a Top Fuel Dragster (the acceleration pulled the tape from the tape head and generated a lot of "interesting" video!) As the Technical Editor for California based Full Throttle News, I wrote a column about the latest technology on the racing scene.

After hanging up my helmet, I realized that the incredible images, color and excitement of racing was something that really lent itself to video, not the standard prepackaged video we are all used to seeing, but creative and artistic projects that took advantage of all the incredible tools that are available to us today. Here at JHV Digital, we create video sponsorship proposals for clients, Motion studies, Motocross training video, as well as regular corporate training and informational videos. I'm always trying to stretch my boundaries, and the technical editor in me is always looking for information that assists in accomplishing goals.

I used to call myself "Self Taught" but having found the resources here at the COW, I consider myself a Freshman at COW University! I have the ability here to learn from some of the best "professors" in the industry.
 

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Articles by Jim Harvey

Corporate Video
The Holiday Gift List

The Holiday Gift List

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at a few items that might be on any of our holiday gift lists. Take a look and see if you agree.

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Trapcode
Trapcode Suite Reviewed

Trapcode Suite Reviewed

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at Trapcode Suite from Red Giant Software--nine plug-ins that will get a workout in any studio.

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Adobe After Effects
Crowd Control: Pre-Keyed Alpha Stock footage

Crowd Control: Pre-Keyed Alpha Stock footage

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look at royalty free stock footage... with a twist... pre-keyed alpha stock footage from All Bets Are Off Productions.

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Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas Pro 9

Sony Vegas Pro 9

In this article, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a look the new release of Vegas Pro 9 and determines ...This is one of the most comprehensive editing suites out there and certainly the most comprehensive version of VEGAS to be released.

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Cinematography
The Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema Bundle for the Canon 5D MKII

The Redrock Micro DSLR Cinema Bundle for the Canon 5D MKII

If you are using the Canon 5D MKII or Nikon D90 for their gorgeous HD video, or even thinking about it, you need to read this. Creative COW Contributing Editor Jim Harvey shows how the Redrock Micro DSLR Bundle makes these cameras even more useful for video shooters, then shows how he and other pros are using it, in the field and in the studio. Jim is enthusiastic about the possiblities it opens up, and thinks you will be too.

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Sony Vegas
Excalibur 6.0 Custom Command for Sony Vegas Pro 8

Excalibur 6.0 Custom Command for Sony Vegas Pro 8

If you read the review of Excalibur 4.5 from Jim Harvey in 2005, you know that he liked the plug in very much. So much so that he gave it the full 5 cows. So it will come as no surprise that Jim likes the newest edition as well. In this review, Jim points out that there are some very nice and useful additions to the toolset that will interface seamlessly with the new Vegas Pro 8 editing package.

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Sony Vegas
Vegas Pro 8 Collection

Vegas Pro 8 Collection

In this review, CreativeCOWs Jim Harvey takes a look at The Vegas Pro collection which combines Vegas Pro 8, DVD Architect Pro 4.5, and Dolby(R) Digital AC-3 encoding software to offer an integrated environment for all phases of professional video, audio, DVD, and broadcast production.

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Sony EX Series XDCAM
Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1

Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1

In this review, CreativeCOW's Jim Harvey takes a hard look at Mastering the Sony PMW-EX1 from Vortex Media. See why he says: ...''if you are planning on purchasing a SONY PVM-EX1, or want to learn more about tapeless workflow and acquisition, this Workshop course will be an invaluable addition to your knowledge base.''

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Compression techniques
Jim Harvey reviews

Jim Harvey reviews

A DVD about compression gets an enthusiastic 5 Cow rating? Really? Really! CreativeCOW.net Contributing Editor Jim Harvey takes you inside the new Creative Cow Master Series DVD by Aharon Rabinowitz, "Creating Web Video: Internet Killed the Video Star." See why Jim thinks this is one of the most essential --- and enjoyable -- training DVDs you can buy.

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Adobe After Effects
Andrew Kramer's Riot Gear

Andrew Kramer's Riot Gear

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at Andrew Kramer's latest offering: Riot Gear. Riot Gear is a collection of 150+ visual elements including paint, ink, grunge , tv noise, and much more.

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Cinematography
The Easy Slate System

The Easy Slate System

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at the Easy Slate Professional Slating System. Jim likes the way it looks, and thinks that it makes him more attentive to the small details that he used to let slip past. It's a simple idea with a clever implementation.

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Cinematography
The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer

The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at the The Harbortronics DigiSnap 2000 Series Intervalometer to create some time lapse photography, and concludes that adding a DigiSnap 2000 series intervalometer to his equipment kit is just good business sense.

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HDV Format
VisionLab Studio/CompositeLab/Effects Lab from Fxhome

VisionLab Studio/CompositeLab/Effects Lab from Fxhome

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at Vision Lab Studio, Composite Lab and Effects Lab from Fxhome. Read on to find out why Jim calls it 'professional compositing on a budget.'

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HDV Format
Sony Vegas 7

Sony Vegas 7

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Sony Vegas 7 and concludes, ''...It Just Keeps Getting Better. For the money, you 'd be hard pressed to find a better editing program.''

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Lighting Design Pros
HandsOnHDV: How to Setup, Light & Shoot Great Looking Interviews

HandsOnHDV: How to Setup, Light & Shoot Great Looking Interviews

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey takes a look at one of the newest titles from HandsOnHDV called How to Setup, Light & Shoot Great Looking Interviews and has determined that this is a 5 cow instructional DVD that you really can't be without.

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Adobe After Effects
Andrew Kramer's Serious Effects & Compositing: Video Training for AE 7

Andrew Kramer's Serious Effects & Compositing: Video Training for AE 7

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Video Training For After Effects 7, Serious Effects & Compositing, hosted by Andrew Kramer .

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Sony Vegas
The VEGAS 6 COMPANION

The VEGAS 6 COMPANION

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews The Vegas 6 Companion Training Series and comments, ''Gary Kleiner knows VEGAS. He has been working with the program since dirt was a new idea, and in that time, he has uncovered all sorts of big and little secrets about the program that make working with VEGAS that much more productive and enjoyable... {there is a} wealth of instructional help that Gary can provide for you. His prices are extremely reasonable and the quality of the training is top notch.''

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HDV Format
HandsOn HDV Training DVD for Sony HDR-HC1

HandsOn HDV Training DVD for Sony HDR-HC1

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews HandsOn HDV Training DVD for Sony HDR-HC1. HandsOn HDV has produced a DVD training for trhe new Sony HC1, which Jim finds ''...very Informative for the target market and a well produced package.''

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Cinematography
LENSBABY 2.0 Digital Lens

LENSBABY 2.0 Digital Lens

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews LENSBABY 2.0 Digital Lens and questions readers, ''Ever want to take those dreamy photos that have a shallow depth of field but didn't want to invest in the Photoshop time or the mess of Vaseline on your filters or worse yet the expense of a View camera? Read on for one of the most fun items I've come across in quite a while. I confess that this review took three times longer than usual because I have been so busy playing with my Lensbaby!.''

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Adobe Photoshop
Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild

Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop CS2 Gone Wild by Sherry London, by Wiley Publishing; Bk&CD-Rom edition (November 7, 2005), 400 pages, ISBN: 0764598139, and reveals, ''The book is laid out nicely, and it's certainly well written. There are top quality photographs and illustrations throughout the book that make the instructions as clear as possible. From a production value standpoint the book is a 10''. Jim does have some reservations, though, so read on to see his complete picture of the book.

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Adobe Photoshop
123Di Training Course for Digital Photography Reviewed

123Di Training Course for Digital Photography Reviewed

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews 123Di Training Course for Digital Photography and discovers ''a delightful course that covered the Basics, the Intermediate and the Advanced aspects of Digital image acquisition, but had done so in a very interesting and well laid out program that is like nothing that I've ever seen before!'' ... A five COW recommendation for a powerful Photoshop training tool.

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HDV Format
Taking Sony's HDV Camera to the Outer Limits of Performance

Taking Sony's HDV Camera to the Outer Limits of Performance

Sony has made a big splash in the video world with the release of their HDV camcorder the HVR-Z1U. By itself, it is capable of images that will amaze even the most jaded video professional. But as with all things, there's always room for improvement. By not having a microphone or wide angle supplied, you can choose better components that will enhance the performance of an already incredible camera. In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey walks CreativeCOW members through what they need to build the Ultimate Z1U set up.

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Sony Vegas
Excalibur 4.5 Vegas Plug-In

Excalibur 4.5 Vegas Plug-In

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Excalibur 4.5 Scripting plug-in for Sony Vegas and writes...''Ed Troxel is well known to anyone who has even a passing knowledge of Vegas. His program Excalibur is a marvelous plug-in that takes well-written scripts and allows the user to automate many different effects with the press of a key. Ed has done the work of writing, debugging, and finalizing the scripts so that you don't have to.''

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Sony Vegas
Sony Vegas 6.0 Reviewed

Sony Vegas 6.0 Reviewed

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews the exciting new release of Sony Vegas 6.0 and says, ''It's here and I'm loving it! The release of Sony Vegas 6.0 has been eagerly awaited by previous users as well as those just embarking on the NLE adventure. Sony has stepped up to the plate with the new Vegas with new tools and functionality the promise to make constructing your video project as effortless as possible.'

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Adobe After Effects
Particle Illusion Fusion Volume 1,  Hosted by Aharon Rabinowitz

Particle Illusion Fusion Volume 1, Hosted by Aharon Rabinowitz

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews: Particle Illusion Fusion Volume 1, Hosted by Aharon Rabinowitz and says, ''It's a good thing that you can pause a DVD, because Aharon Rabinowitz packs so much information into a small space that you're going to be pausing this DVD frequently ... The DVD is packed to the rafters with content. You won't be getting that What the heck did I pay for?'' feeling with this DVD.

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Cinematography
Vortex Media Warm Cards

Vortex Media Warm Cards

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Vortex Media Warm Cards and states, ''You know you do it. We all do it. It's not something that we brag about. It's not even something that we think about too much. White Balancing. Sure some guys carry a worn out piece of white paper, or they use the foamcore to set the camera. We've balanced on walls, notepaper, even the fat guy's t-shirt. It gets us by and we get on with the show. But as we are all professionals, shouldn't we have a professional system to white balance out gear and do it consistently? Well, we do and we can.'' Read on to discover an effective answer to your white balancing dilemmas.

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HDV Format
Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1: First Impressions

Sony HVR-Z1U and HDR-FX1: First Impressions

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey just made the leap to HDV by acquiring one of SONYs new HDV Cameras the HVR-Z1U. Then he was faced with learning his new camera. In this article, Jim takes a look at HandsOnHDV and has determined that they have put together the definitive training DVD for Sonys New HDV Cameras.

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Adobe After Effects
AE Pro Series BROADCAST GEMS Volume 01

AE Pro Series BROADCAST GEMS Volume 01

this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews AE Pro Series BROADCAST GEMS Volume 01 and states, ''BROADCAST GEMS is a package of Royalty Free animated backgrounds that you can import into your work. But more than just a bunch of animated backgrounds, BROADCAST GEMS is more of a compendium of elements, expressions, and comps that allow you to customize the project in an infinite number of ways. This is a lot different than just a couple of moving backdrops that you plunk into your project.''

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HDV Format
Sony HVR-Z1U: First Impressions

Sony HVR-Z1U: First Impressions

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey just made the leap to HDV by acquiring one of SONY's new HDV Cameras the HVR-Z1U. He was torn between the FX1 and the Z1 wondering if the added features would be worth the money. In this article, Jim gives us his first impressions of the Sony HVR-Z1U.

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Autodesk Combustion
Runaway Training:Combustion Underground Training DVDs

Runaway Training:Combustion Underground Training DVDs

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews Combustion Underground Training DVDs by Lee 'Rod' Roderick from Runaway Training. Read the review to find out why Jim gave this training 5 COWs.

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Adobe After Effects
Jim Harvey reviews After Effects in Production by Trish Meyer & Chris Meyer 2nd edition for AE 6.5

Jim Harvey reviews After Effects in Production by Trish Meyer & Chris Meyer 2nd edition for AE 6.5

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews After Effects in Production 2nd edition for AE 6.5 by Trish Meyer & Chris Meyer and published by CMP Books, 382 pages, Dec 10, 2004; Copyright 2004, ISBN: 1578202647 and writes... "When people first become aware of After Effects, the one question that is most often asked is 'What is the best way for me to learn this program?' The answer most often given is 'Pick up anything by Trish & Chris Meyer'. The book most often recommended is After Effects in Production. There is a good reason for this recommendation. The Meyers are two very talented people who completely grasp the inner working of After Effects. The plus is that they are also extremely adept at taking their knowledge and imparting it to the rest of us."

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Adobe After Effects
The Anvel: Motion Graphics Project Lessons for Photoshop and After Effects by Dean Velez

The Anvel: Motion Graphics Project Lessons for Photoshop and After Effects by Dean Velez

CreativeCOW leader Jim Harvey reviews The Anvel: Motion Graphics Project Lessons for Photoshop and After Effects by Dean Velez, and writes, ''Dean Velez is no stranger to the CreativeCow community having contributed much of his knowledge to aspiring graphic artists who come to the Cow for guidance. Currently, he has put up a small sampling of his new offering, a course designed to help designers create complex and fresh work using Photoshop and After Effects.''

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Adobe After Effects
Jim Harvey reviews After Effects for Windows and Macintosh by Anthony Bolante

Jim Harvey reviews After Effects for Windows and Macintosh by Anthony Bolante

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews After Effects 6.5 for Windows and Macintosh by Anthony Bolante and published by Peachpit Press, 736 pages, Published Sep 22, 2004; Copyright 2005, ISBN: 032119957X. "Anthony Bolante knows After Effects. Let me revise that, Anthony Bolante knows virtually everything there is to know about after effects! This book is 700 plus pages of the inner workings, nuts and bolts of possibly the best compositing and effects program ever made (yes, I'm prejudiced). Think of this book as one of the definitive reference works ever published on the subject, and owner's manual if you will."

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Cinematography
Jim Harvey reviews Switronix Pro-X Battery System

Jim Harvey reviews Switronix Pro-X Battery System

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews the Switronix Pro-X Battery System and with great enthusiasm reveals, "These are awesome batteries! Short of a lens, the battery system on our cameras is probably the single biggest expense that we have. With professional battery systems costing a couple of thousand dollars we need to be able to maximize our run time while minimizing our cash outlay... For the past year or so, I have been using a battery that I am absolutely sold on. Not to be too anthropomorphic, but I'd venture to say that I 'LOVE' these batteries. They are made by a company called SWITRONIX.

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews After Effects & Photoshop by Jeff Foster

Jim Harvey reviews After Effects & Photoshop by Jeff Foster

In this article, CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Jim Harvey reviews After Effects & Photoshop: Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film written by Jeff Foster, and published by Sybex Inc., 384 pages, April 2004, ISBN: 0782143172. "This is a serious book. I've reviewed a lot of books of the years and every now and then one comes along that you really have to buckle down and get your head into it. This is one of those books. Jeff Foster has written some 300 odd pages about using Photoshop to produce serious animation for your DV projects in conjunction with After Effects."

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Motion Graphics
A Close Look at Animation Master from Hash Inc.

A Close Look at Animation Master from Hash Inc.

Jim Harvey takes a close look at Animation:Master by Hash Inc.. ~Jim calls Animation: Master, 3D Modeling and animation for the rest of us. Read on to find out why Jim had to give this tool 5 COWS and why you may want to add it to your arsenal of programs.

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop CS: Killer Tips by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson

Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop CS: Killer Tips by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson

Creativecow's contributing editor, Jim Harvey takes a look at Photoshop CS: Killer Tips by Scott Kelby and Felix Nelson. ~ This book is published by New Riders. Jim gives this book 4 1/2 COWs and says, "...This is a must have if you are a CS user."

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Sony Vegas
Jim Harvey reviews Vegas 5 from Sony Pictures

Jim Harvey reviews Vegas 5 from Sony Pictures

Last year Jim Harvey considered himself fortunate to review Vegas 4, but when Sonic Foundry was acquired by Sony Pictures, everyone wondered what would happen to Vegas -- Jim included. Many doubted that Sony would continue developing Vegas but Vegas 5 has proven the nay-sayers wrong. Not only has Sony Pictures not abandoned Vegas, but they've given it a full numbered uprade. Read on to find out what Jim has to say about this new offering from Sony Pictures.

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry by Jayse Hansen

Jim Harvey reviews Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry by Jayse Hansen

Jim Harvey takes a look at Adobe Photoshop Advanced Artistry -- a 2 CD set by Jayse Hansen published by Virtual Training Company (VTC). Read why Jim says, "...at last the more advanced Photoshop users can get solid information and instruction without having to wade through the same old hacks." But don't think it's just for advanced users, read on to find out why.

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviewsThe Photoshop Show by Russell Brown

Jim Harvey reviewsThe Photoshop Show by Russell Brown

Jim Harvey takes a look at The Photoshop Show by Russell Brown. ~ This book is published by Adobe Press. Jim concludes with, ''...All in all, I'd recommend this book to anyone who uses Photoshop on a regular or irregular basis.''

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby

Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby

Jim Harvey takes a look at Down & Dirty Tricks by Scott Kelby published by New Riders. Read why Jim says, ''...if you are looking for an easy to understand book, with tutorials that won't take you all night to complete, then the Photoshop 7 Down & Dirty Tricks book should find its way to your library.''

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DVD Authoring
Jim Harvey reviews Sonic Foundry DVD Architect Ver. 1.0c

Jim Harvey reviews Sonic Foundry DVD Architect Ver. 1.0c

Jim Harvey always sent his finished work out for someone else to make the DVD if the client requested it. It just seemed there were too many problems, too many questions until he discovered Sonic Foundry's Vegas + DVD. Now it's ''Need a DVD? Great. No problem with DVD Architect.''

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Adobe Illustrator
Jim Harvey reviews Illustrator Illuminated

Jim Harvey reviews Illustrator Illuminated

Jim Harvey takes a look at Illustrator Illuminated by Obermeier & Padova. ~ This book is published by Peachpit Press. Read on to find out if this book should be on your book shelf...

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Adobe Photoshop
Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 WOW! Book

Jim Harvey reviews Photoshop 7 WOW! Book

Jim Harvey takes a look at Photoshop 7 WOW! Book by Jack Davis. ~ This book is published by Peachpit Press. Read why Jim says, ''There really isn't enough room to detail all the features that this book contains. It is the most comprehensive and well written book on the subject that I've come across.''

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Audio Professionals
Jim Harvey reviews  PC  Audio Editing: Broadcast, Desktop & CD  Audio Production

Jim Harvey reviews PC Audio Editing: Broadcast, Desktop & CD Audio Production

Jim Harvey takes a look at PC Audio Editing: Broadcast, Desktop & CD Audio Production by Roger Derry. ~ This book is published by Focal Press. Read why Jim gives this book 4 1/2 COWs and says,''It really belongs on your shelf if you are starting out with audio editing, and if you are already fairly comfortable with audio it is an excellent reference work.''

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Sony Vegas
Jim Harvey reviews Vegas 4

Jim Harvey reviews Vegas 4

In the never ending war of which NLE is the best, it appears that Sonic Foundry has quietly set into motion a program that threatens to rock the NLE world and turn it all on its head. Jim Harvey takes a good look at Vegas 4 to see what everyone's been talking about.

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Audio Professionals
Jim Harvey reviews An Introduction to Digital Audio

Jim Harvey reviews An Introduction to Digital Audio

Jim Harvey takes a look at An Introduction to Digital Audio by John Watkinson. ~ This book is published by Focal Press. Read why Jim says this book is a comprehensive book in every respect, but not for the faint of heart or those wishing to have guidance of a more practical nature in producing their audio.

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Adobe Illustrator
Jim Harvey reviews Adobe Illustrator 10 CIB

Jim Harvey reviews Adobe Illustrator 10 CIB

Jim Harvey takes a look at Adobe Illustrator 10 Classroom in a Book ~ One of the new volumes from Adobe Press. If you're just starting out with Illustrator, read why Jim thinks this is a book that you need to buy.

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Adobe After Effects
Jim Harvey reviews Adobe After Effects Essentials by Jayce Hansen

Jim Harvey reviews Adobe After Effects Essentials by Jayce Hansen

Jim Harvey responded to a post in Creativecow's After Effects forum by Jayce Hansen advertising his new "Adobe After Effects Essentials" training product by buying it. Jim liked the product so well... Well, read what he has to say.

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